Nothing is worse than having your jewelry stretch, snag, or fall apart when you’ve worked so hard to put it together. Using the correct beading tools in your jewelry making is just as important as the main bead components you select. With this handy reference guide, beaders of all abilities will learn how to select the correct beading tools for the most structurally sound piece.
Join expert Jean Campbell for a trip through bead tool basics, and get handy tips for selecting the best beading supplies so you can create jewelry that will last and last. After you brush up on jewelry making supplies, you will be ready to sit down and make some beaded jewelry. To get you started, we’ve included three fun jewelry-making projects to let you explore the many uses of your beading tools. With help from our experts plus the right beads and supplies, you will be on your way to creating stunning jewelry in no time! Download your free eBook to get your entire guide to beading tools and jewelry supplies!
This valuable reference is perfect for anyone just starting out in the world of beading and stringing. To begin, expert Jean Campbell shares essential tips and basic uses of a variety of common jewelry making supplies. Learn the difference between bead thread, silk chord, bead wire, and much more, so you make the perfect material selection for your needs. Then practice using the correct tools with three easy, but fun projects.
Expert Jean Campbell has seen it all when it comes to beading tools and jewelry making supplies. In the first section of this free eBook, she shares her picks for a well-stocked beading tool kit. Here are just a few of the jewelry craft supplies you will learn about:
- Wire cutters, crimping pliers, round-nose pliers, split-ring pliers, chain-nose pliers, and flat-nose pliers
- Jewelry wire, bead wire, and bead thread
- Three essential beading needles that all jewelry makers should have
- How to use crimping pliers
From bead thread, bead wire, silk chord, and jewelry wire, to a beading board, knotting tool, crimps and crimping pliers, she covers all the basics.
Once you have a better idea of what sort of bead stringing supplies you will need, you will be ready to try making some jewelry. Start simple with the beautiful Copper Dream Earrings, or step it up with Rachael’s Wedding Bracelet, a multi-strand project that only looks complicated. Finish your study by creating the Flamenco Braid Necklace, a woven masterpiece with vintage charm.
Guide to Jewelry Craft Supplies: Article 1-3
Stringing Materials, Tools, and Beading Needles from Getting Started Stringing Beads by Jean Campbell
For each piece you make, you want to consider the stringing and beading tools to use. Selecting the right materials are as important, if not more so, than the bead and supplies themselves. It is the bead thread, jewelry wire, or silk chord that keeps your bead together and allows them to be wearable for many years to come. In this free guide to beads and jewelry making supplies, Jean shares her picks for beading supplies. Here is just a taste of the many jewelry craft supplies she will cover:
- Different types of stringing materials including jewelry wire, bead wire, and bead thread
- Helpful information on beading tools, including crimping pliers, round-nose pliers, split-ring pliers, wire cutters, flat-nose pliers, and more
- Plus, a guide to the main types of beading needles
How to Use Earring Making Supplies
Copper Dreams Earrings by Barbara Naslund
Bead Tool Requirements:
These simple, coppery earrings are the perfect finishing touch for your wardrobe. Make a pair to match each season, or a few in your favorite colors. For this easy project, all the beads and supplies you will need are wire cutters, round-nose pliers and a few beads and findings.
Learn How to Use Crimping Pliers by Making This Bracelet
Rachael’s Wedding Bracelet by Rebecca Campbell
Bead Tool Requirements:
Once you’re comfortable with using pliers, move on to this fabulous multi-strand project. Designed originally for her sister’s wedding, this bracelet can be dressed up or dressed down for nearly any occasion. With a handful of bead stringing supplies and your selection of beads you too can have this beautiful “something new” bracelet.
Using Your Beading Supplies: Making a Necklace
Flamenco Braid Necklace by Linda Arline Hartung
Bead Tool Requirements:
Knotting tweezers or awl
Bead stoppers, clamp, or tape
Get down to some serious stringing with this show-stopping piece. The final piece is definitely worth the effort and really has vintage, sophisticated charm. Once you have transferred the hank strings to jewelry wire or cord, all you need to do is arrange them in the braided pattern, attach them to the clasp, and you are done.
From tips on cutting jewelry wire, silk chord, and bead thread, to crimping pliers and beading needles, this resource covers all the basics.
With your free beading tutorial, you’ll learn the ins and outs to all the basic jewelry making supplies that every beader should have in their toolbox.